In Pontivy, the CGT refuses to desert rural anger on the National Rally | EUROtoday

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His frank laughter resonates. You simply have to listen to it to know that Christian Bernard has arrived on the premises of the CGT in Pontivy (Morbihan). Over a cup of espresso, the spokesperson for retired commerce unionists within the sector enjoys replaying his skilled profession: “I accumulated 2,226 days of unemployment before going to the other side of the ANPE counter. »

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That's how he is, Christian Bernard. Always ready for a bit of mischief to lighten the mood. Especially since the atmosphere has been heavy since the results of the European elections on June 9. In Pontivy and its surroundings, the National Rally (RN) convinced 34.39% of voters and came out on top in the 49 communes of the 3e constituency of Morbihan. A region historically the most resistant to far-right ideas, Brittany is no longer a mission land for Jordan Bardella's party.

Christian Bernard, head of the multi-professional union of UL Pontivy-Loudéac of the CGT. "During the demonstrations against the pension reform there were up to 8,000 people mobilized in Pontivy but this is not the largest number.  Even if we mobilize at 50, we occupy the space, it’s important." in Pontivy, June 24, 2024. Christian Bernard, head of the multi-professional union of the UL Pontivy-Loudéac of the CGT. "During the demonstrations against the pension reform there were up to 8,000 people mobilized in Pontivy but this is not the largest number.  Even if we mobilize at 50, we occupy the space, it’s important." in Pontivy, June 24, 2024.

This afternoon, a number of meters from the union premises, Antoine Oliviero, a 25-year-old salesman unknown earlier than being taken over by the RN, is towing in the marketplace sq.. An emblem. It is right here that CGT commerce unionists, recognized for orchestrating social mobilizations within the area, often conclude their demonstrations. Saturday June 15, they gathered 400 individuals in opposition to the far proper.

The azure gaze of Ronan Le Nézet, head of the native department of the union, hardens: “Many people woke up on June 9, surprised by this brown wave. We've been warning for years. Years that we feel like we're fighting, alone, against the extreme right.” Serious tone, Christian Bernard speaks of “all the accumulated resentments”. “Our rural Brittany has been forgotten for too long. The four-lane roads serve the coasts and the metropolises, not the land. Emmanuel Macron ended up blowing everything up”asserts Annie Dagorne, city corridor secretary now concerned full-time within the union.

The presidential slip

The rejection of the Head of State is certainly the argument most put ahead by RN voters on this territory formed by the agri-food business. Half of jobs rely on meals manufacturing and processing crops. Here, there may be, after all, little unemployment, however numerous precarious jobs. “Agro” has turn into a breeding floor for votes for the far proper. Ronan Le Nézet, upkeep employee in a curing manufacturing facility, confirms: “Non-existent domestically, the RN consumed anger in direction of this president who by no means ceased to divide the working lessons. »

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